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Decisions, Decisions

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(Earrings: Cookie Lee  Dress: GwynnieBee  Shoes: HandMeDown-Steve Madden)

I started school last week and so far I have been able to be dressed every single day (Hurray for no nakedness!). My oldest started kindergarten on Monday. He’s been in preschool for the past two years, so I didn’t think it’d be that hard, but I’m not gonna lie, I shed a few tears after I dropped him off. We also have been making decisions about AM or PM kindergarten and preschool placement for my middle son and as a naturally decisive person, I am totally waffling! Is this normal?! Why are these decisions so hard to make?! I think I am placing too much emphasis on the gigantic future impact it will make on their lives, but as a first-time elementary parent, I am struggling. (Experienced parents, you can laugh at me now.)

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(Earrings: Cookie Lee  Dress: Gwynnie Bee  Belt: HandMeDown  Shoes: Plato’s Closet)

I am OBSESSED with cookie butter. I will eat it by the spoonful: original, crunchy or mixed with chocolate. If you haven’t discovered the beauty that is cookie butter, I suggest you track down your nearest Trader Joe’s and drive (even if it is two hours away) and buy it immediately! If I was in some sort of situation that I had to choose my last meal, I would 100% for sure include cookie butter in one way or another. What would you request for your last meal? Don’t think about the possible execution part that would gruesomely follow, just the delicious food that you could consume beforehand.

My New Favorite Lip Color

I love lipstick, of any kind, especially during this chilly season when my lips are so white you’d think I was dead.

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So I am incredibly happy to announce this new amazing lip pencil by CoverGirl. It is the jumbo gloss balm from the Queen collection. I got the Disco Punch shade and I’m in love.

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It is large like a crayon, so it is super easy to apply, but it is glossy, so it gives you just the most perfect translucent natural color. It also stays on even after eating.

AND to top it all off, it’s less than $10!

Happy Fashion Friday!

Noonday Collection

This week I had the opportunity to attend a Noonday Collection trunk show at the lovely Nicole’s house (check out her awesome blog here). I didn’t know anything about the company before, but I am overwhelmed at the amazing impact they make on the world and poverty. Here are some facts that stood out to me:

-Noonday hires artisans from all over the world to make their products.

-Because of this partnership, the artisans are paid a “living wage” (enough to support their families, pay for education, healthcare, etc.).

-Purchasing this jewelry empowers people and their communities and allows them to create business opportunities.

-Noonday supports adoption and orphan care and if you are in the process of adopting and host a trunk show, 10% of your show sales will go towards your adoption.

Plus their jewelry is GORGEOUS! Here are some of the things I got to try on:

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I loved the gold earrings I’m wearing in that picture of me, plus there are so many other items in their catalog that are calling my name. Check out their website and all their products here.

I plan on hosting a trunk show this coming December, so let me know if you’d be interested in coming.

Happy Fashion Friday!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

The weather is gradually getting cooler here in Southern California, although any day it could be back in the 80’s. That’s the sad life we lead here in the Golden State. *snerk* Anywho, I am super excited to break out my boots, tights, sweaters, jackets, etc. Here are some fall looks I’m totally crushing on at the moment:

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1. I really would like to purchase a polka dot sweater and I love how this look is equally dressed up with the flashy necklace and dressed down with the army green vest.

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2. Do you realize how many amazing colors are going on in this picture?! Love it.

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3. This beige blazer and dress combo is fabulous, plus the skinny belt, gold belt AND tortoise shell watch. Perfection.

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4. Gray skinnies with trench and metallic detailing. I swoon.

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5. I need to get my hands on one of these navy blue military jackets.

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6. This jacket is equally amazing and I love all the pattern combinations.

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7. Another jacket to drool over, plus rolled up skinnies and fabulous tie-up boots with half-tucked in amazingness.

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8. Where do I get me a vest like this? Looks so comfy!

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Happy Fashion Friday!

My Hilarious BFF

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(Sunglasses: Charming Charlie  Shirt: Sweet Serendipity  Skirt: Thrifted  Earrings, Bracelet & Shoes: HandMeDown-Seychelles)

So, I’m pretty definite that if Andy Samberg and I ever met, we would immediately be best friends. He would see my fabulous wit and pee his pants laughing at how hilarious I am. Or maybe I thinking of it backwards. But seriously…he might be one of the funniest people ever. Have you seen the Threw It On The Ground video? So funny. Every digital short on SNL, Lonely Island and now Brooklyn Nine-Nine. C’mon, Andy…let’s be BFFs. I’ll try to act normal around you. Hahahaha.

Style Blogger Interview: The Girl With The Smile

I had so much fun this past month and a half interviewing some awesome style bloggers, that I figured I would “interview” myself. I thought it might be a fun way for some of you readers to get to know me better. So here it goes…

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How would you describe your style? 

I would describe my style as colorfully classic. I love styles that work with my curvy figure, so I tend to wear a lot of dresses and skirts, but also love to mix stuff up and do things that would be unexpected, so I guess you could call my style funky feminine.

How/why did you start your blog?

I used to have a photography business, so I had a blog to post clients’ pictures. Life got too busy and I ended up stopping doing portrait shots, but I was still paying for my blog, so I implemented “Fashion Friday” where I posted all the pictures of my outfits from the week. It has since grown from there and I spread it out throughout the week, but I also love to have a place that is all my own to do whatever I want with it. I’ve found it’s a wonderful little creative outlet.

What is the biggest challenge about having a style blog?

I think the hardest thing is having my picture taken all the time. My sweet husband is my photographer 99.9% of the time, but it’s a challenge on time for when to take the pictures because usually I’m rushing out the door in the morning and then am dead tired by the time I get home, plus I don’t look as fresh and pretty. Also, it’s hard to keep coming up with interesting content for Fashion Friday, especially when being a mother and a full-time employee takes up a good portion of my brain space.

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How has your style changed/evolved since you started your blog?

I think I try to plan my outfits more than I used to and also incorporate my accessories into my outfits more than I used to. I also take the time to recreate outfits I’ve been inspired by.

Where do you get outfit ideas from?

I rip outfit pictures I like out of magazines I look at (Lucky, Seventeen, People Style, In Style) and keep them in a 3-ring-binder in clear sheet protectors to flip through. I also go through my Pinterest board and look at new ideas when I’m feeling uninspired.

Who has been your fashion inspiration?

My cousin Emily has been a huge inspiration in my life. She is incredibly fashionable. She is the kind of person who can pick up something that others would deem “ugly” or “strange” and then totally make it work. She has outstanding confidence and always looks good.

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If you could have any clothing item right now, what would it be?

I’ve been looking for a good pair of brown or black high heeled oxfords similar to these. I am also interested in purchasing some printed skinny jeans.

What are some favorite fashion tips/tricks you would pass on to a little sister or your future daughter?

I think the biggest piece of advice would be to dress for your body type. This is an especially hard thing to grasp, especially as you grow and mature. I remember waking up with giant hips one day in eighth grade and having to shop in the women’s section where my mom bought me pleated mom jeans (AAHH!!!). I have now grown to love my curvy figure, but it took me a while to appreciate and learn how to dress. I also think it’s a huge accomplishment to build a confidence in your daughter where she has the ability to wear what she loves and not care what people think of her. I hope someday I can instill this confidence in my future daughter.

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What’s your biggest fashion mistake?

Feel free to see the hall of shame pics here. I think the outfit that makes me groan the most, was a turtleneck under corduroy overalls, which I wore almost every other day. My 9th grade homecoming dress was also pretty disgusting. I guess there was a reason I didn’t date in high school. Ha!

What’s your favorite place to shop?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE thrift store shopping. It is truly retail therapy to take hours just skimming through previously owned racks looking for treasure. My favorite thrift stores are Valley Thrift and Goodwill (both in Escondido) and La Tienda in San Clemente. Because of this, I have an incredibly difficult time buying items at normal price. I do also shop at Old Navy, GAP, Target and Plato’s Closet a lot too.

What’s the best way to spend $50?

I would hands down, no hesitation take that fifty dollars to a thrift store where I would get the most amount for my money. I’m all about quantity of clothing over quality (no offense Anthropologie).

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What item is without fail, always in your purse?

Besides the usual wallet, phone and keys, I have a ridiculous amount of lipstick choices, plus gum and probably a Matchbox car that was stuck in there by one of my boys.

What do you think are five key pieces every woman should own?

A pair of skinny jeans that she loves, a solid colored dress that is versatile for casual and dressy occasions, a well made pair of brown, leather boots, a black blazer and a statement necklace (dresses up any outfit in a flash!).

Happy Fashion Friday!

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